Sam Pittman, new this year as Arkansas football coach, was among the crowd who gathered in Fayetteville for a peaceful protest last night.

He was asked about it in a press briefing today.

“The protest was powerful, glad I had the opportunity to go down there,” he said. “A lot of our kids on the team were there as well. It was very powerful. I was very honored to be a part of it and was glad I was able to go down there with members of our coaching staff and others on our team.”

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He said he didn’t know how many of his coaching staff attended and that this was his first protest.

“I felt like I needed to go,” he said later. “In my heart, I felt like I wanted to go. I wanted to support our football team. I wanted to support the protest. That’s what I believe in. I think you can tweet about stuff. You can do a lot of things. You can take a picture for somebody to show, but actions are strong. I felt like the best way for me to address the situation was to go be a part of what could be a solution.”

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The full press briefing is here.